Chris and Wendy Sessions enjoy driving to Northern Territory in Chugga the Chamberlain tractor to raise funds for the fight against bowel cancer.By Fiona Broom
After 12 loud, hot and bumpy weeks in Chugga the Chamberlain tractor, Chris and Wendy Sessions’ journey to raise awareness about bowel cancer has come to an end.
The couple set off on July 21 bound for the Northern Territory in a revamped 1970s tractor towing a specially-made caravan.
Despite having to change route at Mount Isa in Queensland because Chugga was not coping with the heat, the trip was without major incident.
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‘‘The people who supported us should be proud because it is one of the biggest killers, without a doubt,’’ Mr Sessions said.
People stopped the couple along the way to offer donations, while others wanted to share their personal stories about cancer.
They also picked up a few tales to tell, including getting ‘‘kidnapped’’ by a man at White Cliffs, NSW, who showed them his mines and took them to visit a friend — who turned out to be a former resident of their home town, Tatura.
Friends and family also popped up during the journey and South Australia’s Birdsville Races were a particular highlight.
‘‘We had a lot of laughs out there,’’ Mr Sessions said.
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‘‘And drive a decent vehicle I think will probably be good,’’ Mr Sessions said.
‘‘Without putting headphones on,’’ Mrs Sessions said.
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